Euthanasiahas become a contentious topic over the years, and it is still underdebate where some support it while others oppose it.
Thispaper seeks to discuss the argument on euthanasia.
Euthanasiarefers to the termination of life of a terminally-ill person for thepurpose of relieving them from their suffering. Often, euthanasia isconducted when the terminally ill person makes the request to endtheir lives. However, in some cases, euthanasia is conducted wherethe terminally-ill person cannot make the request. The proponents ofeuthanasia argue that it relieves the patients from their misery andpain. Also, they state that euthanasia causes the terminally-illpatient to undergo a quick and painless death thus allowing them todie with dignity. Moreover, the proponents of euthanasia claim thatending the life terminally-ill individuals relieves their family fromfinancial burden, the challenges of having to take care of theirloved ones and the depression of seeing their loved one under chronicpain (Boudreau,2011).
Theopponents of euthanasia argue that euthanasia is killing a person andno one has the right to end the life of another for whatever reasonthus it is against the law. Others argue that legalization ofeuthanasia might lead to possible abuse of duty by the physicians.Religious fraternity argues that administering euthanasia is murderand also it is considered to be suicide, which is against thecommandments of God. It is contended that terminally ill peopleshould be provided with protection from pressures of the society, theeconomic conditions and the family because they consider euthanasiadangerous (Boudreau,2011).
Euthanasiaremains a contentious topic where the opponents argue that it issuicide and murder and against the will of God. On the other hand,others argue that euthanasia allows individuals to die in a dignifiedmanner and relieves them from misery.
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